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Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish: I never quit on the team in 2014
by Brandon Wise |

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish squarely battled off the notion he quit on the team last season and he did so in English for the first time since joining the club in 2012, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"I never quit on the team," Darvish said. "I love this team. That is not true."

Darvish was diagnosed with elbow inflammation early in August last year and did not pitch again during the season. He felt that some of the problem may have been because of the language barrier.

"I know that when people come to Japan and they don't speak Japanese, we feel bad," he said Sunday. "I have to look at it the same way since I'm here. If I can speak English more and we can communicate better, it's good for all of us."

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Phillies to hold Chase Utley out of spring training opener
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Citing his ankle issue and need to be ready, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said second baseman Chase Utley will not play in Tuesday's spring training opener, reports The News Journal.

Utley injured his ankle in January and is not 100 percent recovered, but Sandberg said Utley will play in spring training games down the road.

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Phillies' Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pushing for starting role in 2015
by Brandon Wise |

Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is pushing for a spot in the starting rotation in 2015. He and David Buchanan look to be fighting for the final spot in Philadelphia's rotation, reports

"I've always been a starter," Gonzalez said through a translator Sunday. "That's important. I'm used to that. I've always been one."

Gonzalez appeared in six games in 2014, posting an 0-1 mark with a 6.75 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

"It didn't go as well as I wanted last year," Gonzalez said. "This year I'm much better prepared, and much more mentally focused on what I have to do. The setbacks last season … I thought I was physically ready and I'd have a setback. If it wasn't one thing it was another. This year, all that stuff is out of the way."

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Wandy Rodriguez will start spring training opener for Braves
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Braves pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to start the team's first spring training game, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Rodriguez is competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

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Report: Rangers sign pitcher Mark Rogers to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise |

The Rangers have reportedly signed pitcher Mark Rogers to a minor-league contract, reports Jerry Crasnick of

Rogers spent 2014 as a member of the Mariners, making two appearances in Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA and striking out five.

Rogers is a former first-round pick of the Brewers in 2004.

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Orioles' Matt Wieters to begin last step in recovery from elbow surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will take the last step in his recovery from elbow surgery when he begins catcher-movement drills Monday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Wieters is recovering from elbow ligament reconstruction surgery and is slated to be cleared March 17 to begin throwing in games.

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Mets first baseman Lucas Duda could take swings this week
by Brandon Wise |

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda may be able to take some swings this week after being held out of batting practice for the first week of camp with an oblique injury, reports

Duda hasn't been able to pick up a bat since suffering the injury in mid-February.

"I told him to be patient," manager Terry Collins said on Sunday. "Hopefully by this particular time next week, maybe he's taking BP."

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Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes feels comfortable in Detroit
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes said he feels comfortable in Detroit and wants to remain a Tiger for a long time, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years," he said. "This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come."

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Tigers' Jose Iglesias runs 'extremely well' Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was able to run the bases Sunday and manager Brad Ausmus said Iglesias ran 'extremely well,' reports the Detroit Free Press.

Ausmus added that Iglesias has shown no side effects from his leg injury. Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season with fractures in his shins.

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White Sox's Chris Sale given 'slim chance' to pitch Opening Day
by Sean d'Oliveira |

White Sox manager Robin Ventura was not optimistic pitcher Chris Sale would be ready to pitch by Opening Day, reports

“He was slated to go for Opening Day and there is a slim chance that he would be able to do that," Ventura said. "I would expect it not to be that way, but being that it's his ankle, we can treat that. It's not as though it’s his elbow where we would really be cautious."

Sale is recovering from a broken foot and if he is not ready by opening day, pitching coach Don Cooper said Brad Penny, Scott Carroll, Frankie Montas or Chris Beck would be given a chance to replace Sale.

"I think all of the guys that I've mentioned have a shot at making the rotation if [Sale] is not ready to go," Cooper said. "And then we'll make some adjustments to the schedule. Maybe it's me, but it feels like we've dealt with stuff like this before. That's OK, it is what it is. It sucks and I wish it didn't happen, but there are a lot of things people wish didn't happen. This is one with Chris and we'll deal with it."

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